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traveled to iraq to become suicide bombers. the highest number from any town outside of iraq. >> the city and its surroundings were sympathetic to these groups because they had a common enemy which was kadafi. >> from the onset of the revolution, it was the extremists that provided security. after liberation was announced, there was increasing pressure on kald in yemen and other places. alleged to have been sent here by al qaeda's leader. according to security sources, these militia have a common goal weakening and infiltrating libya's security apparatus. in benghazi there have been more than a dozen assassinations of former military officers. sources tell cnn that many of them were reportedly on a islamist hit list to eliminate qualified individuals that could pose a threat. kernel from the lyan army was recently kidnapped. he doesn't know by whom or exactly why. he got a call from a man who spoke as if he knew him and said he had urgent information to pass on. outside his home, in broad daylight, two masked man forced him into their car. when i got into the car, they put a black hood on
by george w. bush to attack iraq in the wake of 9/11. go in, overthrow a dictator, turn the country over to the people and presto. well, violence continues in iraq and people die there everyday. egypt's now in the hands of the muslim brotherhood. mubarak's gone. they had elections there. and yesterday violent mobs assaulted the u.s. embassy compound. in libya moammar gadhafi's gone. the u.s. ambassador and three other people are dead because some terrorists in that country didn't like a movie critical of islam. syria's become a slaughter house murdering the civilian population at will. iran continues the march toward nuclear weapons. i don't want to even think what might happen if they get them. and al qaeda is busy reconstitutes itself in pakistan and half a dozen other countries. the song writer who wrote the phrase, wishing won't make it so, spot-on. and anybody who thinks the middle east is suddenly going to transform itself into a peaceful civilization where majority rules, they just haven't been reading the history books. here's the question, is the arab spring worth it? go to cnn.
years ago, i was leaving for iraq. i asked the delegates and american people to be there for my dad and they were, but really what i am going to talk about tonight is how he has been there for them, how he has been an incredible, exceptional leader in this country, a partner with the president. >> you served a year in iraq even as your dad was vice president. >> that's right. in fact, i will talk about him visiting iraq when i was there fourth of july 2009. >> you were with delaware national guard? >> i was. i'll give you a preview. he did a naturalization ceremony. whether they're in a federal district courthouse in america or even move moving in iraq. you see people put on our uniform, put their name on their chest and u.s. army and fight for a country they're not even citizens of. >> have you been talking to your dad about what he will say during the 9:00 p.m. eastern hour tonight? >> he is going to talk about what an exceptional commander in chief the president has been, how he has a bird's eye view, a partnership with this president. look, there's no one that's been closer to t
of troops from iraq and the draw down from afghanistan and the trouble between israel and the palestinians. but that was all. he essentially was checking the box on all those fronts. and no mention at all of china. in essence, wolf, this was a speech about the two crises that have consumed foreign policy discussion during the u.s. campaign. the tension between israel and iran and now this most recent crisis in libya, wolf. >> with six weeks to go until the election, jessica, tomorrow i take it he's right back out there in the swing states out on the campaign trail? >> reporter: that's right. he is hitting the campaign once again. he will be in the battle groind states. this is campaign season for president obama from here until election day with of course the debates coming up, first debate next week. >> yeah. three presidential debates. one vice presidential debate. jessica, thanks. also in new york city mitt romney speaking at the clinton global initiative just ahead of the president. romney focused on foreign policy as well vowing he would link u.s. foreign aid to trade with help going
powell astaf state usinthose to poi outeapons of mass destruction in iraq that we have yet to find. so the imagery matters. that is going to be the front page photo across newspapers worldwide. but here's what's also interesting. on this samay a "new york times" reporting right now that the foreign ministry right before he spoke released an internal report showing they could stop iran without a military strike. so it's very interesting when you have netanyahu saying this, the israelis releasing report wit a military strike. >> they say there could be tougher sanctions that maybe would get the job done. here's another passage, erick, of t minister said today dily reing to what's going onóçow in the united states. >> two dgoays a from this pdi idt obama reiterated that the threat of a nuclear armed iran cant be i very much appreciate the president's position as does everyone in my country. we share the goal of stopping iran's nuclear wns program. this goal ueshe people of unite republicans alike. and it is shared by important l >> all right. dithink?hen you heard that, what >> well, i
for israel, the invasion of iraq and afghanistan, support for dictator governments over the last decades. but this isn't necessarily the feeling of the great majority of egyptians. you have to keep in mind that the revolution has opened pandora's box. out of that box has come the good, the bad and the ugly and at the moment we're seeing in many countries of the arab world that have removed their dictators, we're seeing the ugly. but i think the good will come out again. many ordinary egyptians have condemned the violence outside the u.s. embassy. they're not happy with that youtube video that has offended so many people, but they don't believe that violence is the answer of the so i think we're going to see the silent majority of egyptians come out eventually and say enough is enough. we have to get this country back on track. the economy running again. i mean, the pictures from the streets of cairo, around the american embassy are not going to help tourism which supports about 15% of the population. and wolf, for instance, wednesday evening when the embassy was breached here in cairo, w
. it could have very large repercussions. iran is three times the size of iraq with three times the population. we need to be clear that we're understanding all of that, and not do it on auto-pilot, because of certain guarantees we made to the international community. there's a line in international relations theory that says two things are very expensive in international politics. promises when they succeed, and threats when they fail. my fear is that we're putting in place policies and threats without being conscious. >> and it's certainly worthy of a major national debate as you point out before another war begins. thank you. be thorough so watch global lessons, "putting america to work." it will be on at 8:00 p.m. eastern. still ahead, the rich getting richer, where bill gates comes in on the list of the wealthiest americans. all energy development comes with some risk, but proven technologies allow natural gas producers to supply affordable, cleaner energy, while protecting our environment. across america, these technologies protect air - by monitoring air quality and reduc
at travelocity. >>> prisoners clash with guards at a dramatic jailbreak in northern iraq. lisa sylvester's monitoring that, some of the other top stories in "the situation room" right now. lisa, what happened? >> hi, wolf. thety of tikrit remains under lock down. they set off car bombs and overtook guards and stole their weapons. this is the aftermath of a riot at the prison in the attack last year. it lasted for several hours. a joke by "the onion" apparently fooled a news agency. the agency printed a fake poll saying would prefer ahmadinejad over president obama. iran's foreign news agency published it today days after it appeared in the onion, it has now been removed. apple issued a raree iing error service. ceo tim cook says in a statement "we strive to make world class products that deliver the best experience possible to our customers. with the launch of our new maps last week, we fell short on this commitment. we are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers. and we are doing everything we can to make it better." he's also suggesting using alternatives in t
and women who died in iraq and afghanistan were laid to rest. terrorists may have struck at the country's heart, but the country is still on its feet. >> this day as painful and always will be, it leaves us with a lesson, no single event can destroy who we are. no act of terrorism can ever change what we stand for. >> reporter: mr. obama praised u.s. troops for dealing a crippling blow to terrorist organizations. and insisted fear and hate would not be the legacy of 9/11. >> scripture tells us do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. there's no better way to honor the best in those who died than by discovering the best in ourselves. >> reporter: but at the site of another attack in shanksville, pennsylvania, vice president biden had acknowledged time had not erased many deep emotional wounds. >> you feel like you're being sucked into the black hole in the middle of your chest, my hope my hope for you all is that as every year passes, the depth of your pain recedes. >> reporter: on this one day, everyone seemed to come together. congress sang with one voice. gop nominee m
michael thaxton. a former army private and has a criminal record. vice president joe biden is urging iraq to stop weapons from going to syria through iraqi air space. this as syria's president insists the door is open. bashar al assad blame's syria's 18-month-long civil war on armed terrorists but says he would offer amnesty to anyone who puts down their weapons. opposition activists say at least 100 people have been killed in fighting today. and fishermen in hawaii they have spotted a large dock drifting toward awahu. it's about 30-feet by 50-feet. that could be dangerous for boats in the area especially those at night. the coast guard is now putting out a warning. and take a look at what happened during a champion's league soccer match in iran this week. a player, he picked up an object lying on the ground and tossed it aside. you see it right there. it then exploded. turns out it was a minigrenade or live explosive. the players and game officials ran for cover. luckily no one was hurt. it is believed, wolf, that a fan actually threw the grenade on to the playing area. and that is prett
't explored the differences of. and in iraq, he's been, again, there have been some criticisms of the obama policy. but it's really hard to see exactly where that would play out from here. those would be three critical areas. afghanistan, iraq and iran. >> over the weekend on "state of the union," cnn's candy crowley actually interviewed the prime minister of israel, netanyahu. i wanted to play a clip for you. just listen. >> this is not an electoral issue. it is not based on any electoral consideration. i think that there's a common interest of all americans of all political persuasions to stop iran. this is a regime that is giving vent to the worst impulse that is you see right now in the middle east. >> do you agree with that? do you think this is not an electoral issue and what do you believe the relationship is between mitt romney and prime minister netanyahu? >> well, when a prime minister of any country goes on sunday talk shows or on any other program like that and appears before the american public and makes his case about where america should place its red lines -- obviously, he's
leadership getting outside of the war in iraq, beginning to draw down troops in afghanistan as well as going after al qaeda and taking out osama bin laden. those are just cornerstones along with the broader foreign policy objective of rebuilding our standing in the international community. which was in a terrible place before president obama took office. the contrast with mitt romney -- my problem is not his lack of experience. my problem is his lack of vision on foreign policy. and the fact that he said as a candidate that we didn't need to move heaven or earth to take out one guy, that one guy being osama bin laden. i think most people would disagree with that. the fact that his first foreign policy trip as a candidate he insulted one of our biggest allies. there's a lot of reason to be concerned about a romney foreign policy. >> hold on, alice. playing off of that, they were clearly trying to drive home the point, the democrats, at their convention that it was this president who gave the order to those navy seals to kill bin laden. listen to this. >> ask osama bin laden if he is better of
about weapons of mass destruction in iraq that sets the stage for the war? there was plenty of calls for resignation as a result of that bad intelligence. >> i'm uncomfortable because i think when there's a terrorist attack, we should come together as americans. i didn't like when it was done to george bush, i don't like it when it's done to barack obama. intelligence is hard to follow, and you have to let some time pass. she was wrong, obviously, but did she have access to all of the information? we don't know the answers to though things, but i would rather not set my sights on her. >> you served six secretaries of state. what do you think aaron? >> i think ari is right, we try to find vehicles that are convenient fall, for what frankly was, and i think ar sierks being magnanimous here, at best, a muddled message. days after the attack on benghazi, the "new york times" was reporting as the organized protests, what is now considered an assault on the consulate, they were talking to members so it was clear that this was more than a spontaneous display of anger after a vile video. so
the war in iraq. lisa sylvester is monitoring that and other top stories in "the situation room." lisa, what's going on? >> south african archbishop is calling for the international criminal court to take action against george w. bush and tony blair for fabricating evidence to invade iraq. he likens the former u.s. president and prime minister to playground bullies. blare replied in a statement on his website that several independent studies concluded he and bush did not lie. >>> and yemen's government is facing angry protests over an alleged drone strike that killed 13 civilians in the country. al qaeda suspects were the target. and one senior defense official tells cnn that, quote, one of the very few times when it was completely missed. the pentagon is not commenting on reports. and actor russell crowe needed help from the coast guard. they called for help kayaking after nightfall. in a tweet russell crowe says they weren't lost, but ran out of daylight. so good to see. glad he's back on dry land. >> thanks, lisa. >>> and you're in "the situation room." happening now, democrats are
at the u.s. embassy where a security wall was breached. security officials report four deaths. and in iraq, protesters stepped on and then burned a symbolic american flag as rival sunni and shiite muslims marched together. libyan authorities have now made at least one arrest in connection with the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. let's go live to our pentagon correspondent chris lawrence getting new details on what's going on. chris, what are you learning? >> yeah, wolf, just in the past few hours libya's own prime minister told cnn's own christiane amonopore have arrested one man. he is currently being interrogated. and libyan authorities say they have several others under surveillance and more arrests may be on the way. meantime, u.s. intelligence officials say they are digging deeper and getting more information about who may have been behind this attack. at this point they say it does not appear to be a core al qaeda group, wolf. >> what does that mean? a core al chi da affiliate groups. what does that mean, a core al qaeda group? >> they think it's very possible that this cou
about the middle east and about afghanistan and iraq and america's response to 9/11. you think you're dealing with a perfectly rational world leader espousing a view shared by many other leaders in that region. but there are moments of real agitation, particularly when you get to israel. and there's no doubt that he believes, as he said, that israel has reached what he perceives to be the end of their line. and he's calling their bluff. he's saying, look, they say i am enriching uranium to produce a nuclear bomb. and i'm not. now, he's calling their bluff. he's saying, if they do air strikes against me, i will hit back because what they are saying i'm doing with this uranium is not true. >> you'll remember a few years ago, columbia university said there were no gay people in iran. you raised that whole issue about gays in iran with him. what did he say about that? what did he say about the holocaust? in the past, he's denied 6 million jews were killed during the holocaust? >> i repeatedly asked him the same question -- do you believe, mr. president, that more than 6 million jews we
and solid policies, which i support about ending the iraq war which we've done and withdrawing from afghanistan in a safe and fairly measured way. but the rest of what is going on in 20 countries and these protests and the murder of our ambassador in libya have people unsettled. so, they're waiting for better answers, which is why i said just a few minutes ago, we need a steady hand on the tiller. we need a lot of this stuff handled in private. we do need an investigation of the security in libya. i wonder whether that was adequate. >> are we going to get a major foreign policy speech by mitt romney? >> i'm not going to preview any statements -- >> wait for him to make some ground. >> look, i think, i don't get in the business of polls, but what i think you're seeing is people reacting to this sense of unraveling. i mean, there's unraveling going on in the region. you just said uprising in 20 capitals and syrians dead and you have iran getting closer and closer to nuclear weapon and people storming our embassies. you add all this up and take a step back and not shocking that people
.s. forces in iraq and afghanistan for more than a decade. cnn's anna kor rin looks at the challenges for afghan troops. >> reporter: joe, the alarming rise on green on blue or insider attacks as they're known on u.s. and coalition forces, the military here has decided to fast track the transfer of power to afghan forces. now, we visited a base in one of the most dangerous parts of the country and found that the afghan forces were now in complete control of all operations. about the dusty plains in southwestern afghanistan, a military crew flies. a trip once made by road now too dangerous because of all the ieds planted daily by insurgents. this used to be home to more than 1,000 u.s. marines, but only 28 remain. the drawdown here is in full swing. and the transfer of power virtually complete. >> we're concerned with the drawdown that there would be a step back in progress, but the ana has taken a step forward. >> reporter: the man now in charge from the afghan national army or a.n.a. he controls 5,000 soldiers in some of the most dangerous territory in the country. and he's just been
years later he's president. >> tul si. >> hawaii iraq war veteran. she's 31 years old -- >> oh, she's not american. [ laughter ] >> look for her. thanks very much. happy birthday, mr. governor. that's all of the unsolicited advice. back to wolf blitzer. >> excellent unsolicited advice guys again. thanks very much. they're joining us from the cnn grill here in charlotte. they'll be back tomorrow. we're only minutes away from the official kickoff of this, the democratic national convention. the chair, debbie wasserman schultz will gavel this convention to order in a few moments. standby, live coverage happening. also, mitt romney has one word for an edit that democrats made to their policy platform. and i'm quoting him now, that word he's saying is "shameful," the change the party made and a lot more coming up as our live coverage continues. music: "make someone happy" music: "make someone happy" ♪it's so important to make meone happy.♪.♪it's so e ♪make just one heart to heart you - you sing to♪ ♪one smile that cheers you ♪one face that lights when it nears you.♪ ♪an
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